Archive for the ‘Checkmate’ Category

The Circle rocks the spot…

November 25, 2007

Rascalz – Northern Touch (remix) (Feat. Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, Checkmate & Thrust) via Northern Touch 12″

And why not? Jully Black and k-os we’re going to hop on the track and couldn’t because of scheduling issues. But this was the anthem 10 years ago. Sort of a timeline moment of, “yes Maestro did his thing, but it’s our time now.” Couple of things to point out before I get to some backstory. Familiar sample eh? Just remember that this song came out first. Peep a young Eaton Centre shopping, bartending, still looking fine as ever, and 100% Canadian, Melyssa Ford chillin on Choclair’s lap. So wait who’s directing this video you ask? Mr. Protégé of Hype Williams himself, Little 3rd Last Letter. And then imagine performing this at the Junos the following year after boycotting the award? PRICELESS. And they TORE IT DOWN. Too bad flash in the pan has-been late night talk show host(at the time), and host of the awards that year, Mike Bullard (google him, he exists and at the same time gets no link love.) opened his fat mouth and simultaneously poked fun at them and the canadian hip-hop industry as a whole, immediately after the performance kinda backhandedly. But for the youth of TorontoCanada, it was a quiet triumph and although small, there was a market, an audience, and talent.